A report from SonyAlpha Rumors indicates that Sony’s Cyber-shot WiFI lenses for smartphones will be getting launched by the end of this month starting at $250. These lenses are being expected to resolve the generally poor nature of photos clicked with smartphones by attaching wirelessly to the iPhone or Android phones, and clicking ~large 20 MP photos with fairly large sensors. There will be two versions of these lenses – the QX10, and the higher end QX100, and they will act like appendages of the phones they’re connected to. Read on below the break to know more about these lenses.
Smartphone cameras may have fancy names like iSight, or have insane megapixel counts like 41 MP (the Pureview tech used in Nokia’s Lumia 1020, and Pureview 808 come to mind), but there’s one inescapable fact that no smartphone manufacturer has managed to truly address, and that is that phone cameras are simply not very good. It isn’t even anyone’s fault really, as the sheer thinness of modern smartphones leaves little room for an actually good camera module, making sensors so tiny that low light imaging on them is invariably terrible. The Sony Cyber-shot wireless lenses should change all that.
The QX10 and QX100 are expected to have their own onboard storage of up to 64 GB with a microSD card. The QX10 (which is expected to cost $250) will have a 1/2.3 inch Exmor sensor with 19 MP photos and 10x optical zoom.
The QX100 will be pricier, but will come with a relatively huge 1 inch Exmor sensor fitted with a Carl Zeiss lens, and will have 3.6x zoom.
While the Cyber-shot lenses do seem to be rather pricy at this point of time, they have the potential of disrupting the whole mobile photography scene. With an event just around the corner, let’s see what Sony have lined up for the world with these lenses.